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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Durham > St. Raphael 's Nursing Home
St. Raphael 's Nursing Home
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created by Chronic on 4/29/2004 4:22 AM
last modified by phrenzee on 7/29/2008 11:34 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Turn of the century estate home or public building, turned retirement home. Additions are not in keeping with original architecture. My vibe off this place in the first 30 seconds was that this would have been a horrible place to spend your final years. Very institutional feel inside at some rooms. Separate outbuilding - 2 bay driving shed.

Update 07/10/2004 - this was the original Town of Durham Public Hospital. I was correct about the public building assumption.
 Basic Information
Type: Voter-Friendly Pavillions...Padded, warm, answers
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Very Easy
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
415 Durham Rd. @ Kincardine St.
Durham, Ontario
Owner: Numbered Ontario Holding Co. in Toronto
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  • Broken glass. An active residential neighborhood on the front and each side. House on the east side is part of this property and the caretaker is the town Chief of Police!
  •  Interesting Features
    -Creepy institutional feel
    -Old wooden bannister on wide indoor stairway to 2nd floor
    -Lots of peeling paint
    -Common room has residents chairs still gathered around -creepy!
    -Most bathroom fixtures still photo worthy (Manitou, take note)
    -Steel fire escapes/stairs from 2nd floor
    -Floor to ceiling pottery kiln in basement (never saw but town firefighter told me he saw it last time they responded to a little smoulderer last winter.)
     Security Measures
  • None encountered, nor seen.... except...Chief of Police frequents adjacent property when in the "dog house" with wifey.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1743
    Closed: 1989
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  • Incomplete visit. Not able to completely determine yet
  •  Recommended Equipment
    "Oh well, just another reason to return to Durham!" as I stated in the earlier history!
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     Future Plans
    Currently for sale by local realtor. $350,000.00 asking price.
    July 27, 2004 Update: New reduced price $339,000.00! Anyone want to develop a row of condos?
    August 24, 2004 Update: Super-Duper reduced price of $315,000, WOW!!! The structure itself is in such disrepair that it's just the land value as a selling point. a 24k drop in one month! At that consistent rate, in 10 months it can be yours for the price of a new car!

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    St Raphael's Retirement Home - 35mm B&W scans
    Sun, May 2nd, 2004
    posted by Chronic
    6 pictures
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    Chronic's Inside Pix - July 8, 2004
    Fri, Jul 9th, 2004
    posted by Chronic
    37 pictures
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    vacant lot
    Tue, Jul 29th, 2008
    posted by phrenzee
    3 pictures

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    Photography 2 / 10
    Coolness 7 / 10
    Content Quality 7 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 7/30/2008 12:13 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jul 30 08 at 12:13, Steed validated this location
  • on Jul 29 08 at 23:34, phrenzee changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, Status, Recommendation
  • on Jul 29 08 at 23:33, phrenzee updated gallery picture vacant
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  • on Jul 29 08 at 23:33, phrenzee updated gallery picture posted
  • on Jul 29 08 at 23:31, phrenzee added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jul 29 08 at 23:30, phrenzee created a new gallery
  • on Aug 8 07 at 15:43, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Aug 8 07 at 6:41, Chronic changed the following: Notes for Mods, History, Year Built, Hazards
  • on Aug 8 07 at 6:30, Chronic made this location public
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